Personal Choices and Where They Lead Us Miranda Swarts

Thesis: The poem Ulysses, the song Two Feet , and the movie the fundamentals of caring all connect to each other but between characters chasing their hungry heart, choosing to listen to their moral compass, and doing something because they saw the sign these 3 sources connect to Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist in a charming and captivating way.

One: In the beginning of the book the boy and his father have a talk. His father says "Amongst us., the only ones who travel are the shepherds," (Coelho 11) The boy then responds with "Well then Ill become a shepherd!" Then "But, most important, he was able every day to live out his dream." (Coelho 12)

In the poem Ulysses by Lord Tennyson the main character, Ulysses, chooses to go to war and become a hero, to chase his hungry heart. This connects directly to The Alchemist by showing the two main character want to travel to live life they way they want, to the fullest, and choose to do so purely on free will even with ties back home.

Two: The alchemist says "You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his Personal Legend. if he abandons that pursued, it's because it wasn't true love... the love that speaks the language of the world" (Coelho 124)

The second way the boy makes decisions in the Alchemist is when he decided to leave Fatima to find his personal legend because that was what he thought was right. In the song Two Feet the main person leaves her town that no one ever leaves from to become an artist after her father who was a house painter died. This directly connects to the Alchemist because when Santiago leaves Fatima he is doing it because he will not be happy if he stays just like the woman in the song.

Three: Another choice the boy, Santiago, makes in the alchemist is when he goes to Egypt. "The boy looked at the sands around him, and saw that, where his tears had fallen, a scarab beetle was scuttling through the sand. During his time in the desert had learned that in Egypt the scarab beetles are a symbol of God. Another omen! The boy began to dig into the dune." (Coelho 165) This shows the that Santiago only dug because he thought it was an omen, making that his way of choosing what he should do.

In the movie The Fundamentals of Caring the main character likes to have asides. During those asides he reveals that after his son dying he wants to move on by a job oprotunity given to him after he prays for the first time. This shoes the main character thinks the opportunity to help out people was a "omen" of sorts to help him move on from his sons death.

Conclusion: Between Lord Tennysons poem Ulysses, the song Two Feet by Her Life, and the movie the fundamentals of caring by Johnathan Evison connecting to each other by characters chasing their hungry heart, choosing to listen to their moral compass, and doing something because they saw the sign these 3 sources connect to Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist in a charming and captivating way.

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